A lot of poker books these days are printed on thin, low-quality paper. There's nothing wrong with that, since with many of them you get a lot of good textual content for a low price. This book is different. The paper is high-quality, the printing is in color, and there are many photographs throughout. There is plenty of text, though the details on each player are certainly short of in-depth biographies. However, it seems like a real bargain: beautifully done details on twenty of the greatest players of our time, in a fairly fancy book, for less than twenty bucks. How far wrong can you go?
The personalities range from 76-year-old Doyle Brunson to under-25ers like Tom "Durrr" Dwan and Peter Eastgate, recent world champ. Also included are Johnny Chan, Daniel Negreanu, Annie Duke (take that, Joan Rivers!), Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Jennifer Harman, and many more. Too bad they didn't interview David "Chip" Reese before his untimely passing.
I hope they make a second volume! Here are a few suggestions of whom to include, if they do: Gus Hansen, Joe Hachem, Huck Seed, Barry Greenstein, Erick Lindgren, Dan Harrington, Patrik Antonius, Ted Forrest, John Juanda, Gavin Smith, Mike Matasow (though he has his own new autobiograhy out), Men "The Master" Nguyen, Antonio Esfandiari, Tom McEvoy, T.J. Cloutier, and Freddy Deeb.
Anyway, this (Volume 1?) has to be the best collection of poker pros' personal stories ever collected into an affordable, colorful book. It's hard to imagine being a fan of the game and not owning this one.